As a signoff, Bill and Melinda dedicated this year’s letter to Paul Allen, who died in October 2018 at the age of 65. They said:
“Paul was a brilliant man with a wide-ranging mind and a special talent for explaining complicated subjects in a simple way. He loved to share his passion for music, science, the arts, sports, philanthropy, and so much more.
“He supported homeless shelters, brain research, and arts education. He helped us see how much good innovation could do in the world. He deserved more time in life, and his passing left a big hole in our hearts. We’ll think of him every time we hear Jimi Hendrix.”
Paul Allen’s love for Jimi Hendrix was well documented, and he even built a museum devoted to the rock legend.